First Look At Lily James In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Cinderella’

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Production on the live-action reboot of Cinderella has officially begun as Walt Disney Pictures has released the first photo from the film along with a press release announcing the start of production. The photo (pictured above) features Lily James as the titular character as she rides a horse across an open field.

Official Synopsis (courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures):

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming “Kit.” Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

“With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella,” director Kenneth Baranagh (Thor) said. “She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace.” It has also been announced that Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden will be playing Cinderella’s Prince Charming. The film co-stars Cate BlanchettHelena Bonham CarterHayley AtwellStellan SkarsgardHolliday Grainger, and Sophie McShera.

Cinderella will arrive in theaters on March 13th, 2015.

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